Sibling affection, sunshine and wine free catch up

10 01 2018

1. A rare moment of sibling affection on the way to school. Doris carries Kirsty’s bag and Kirsty carries Isla’s water bottle, totally unprompted.

2. The sunshine after several rainy days is very welcome.

3. A sober catch up with friends over a delicious healthy dinner, a revelation. I was sceptical before but proof that you don’t always need wine to have a good time!


Woodpecker, yoga and all that jazz

9 01 2018

1. We all stop to listen to the tap tap tap of a woodpecker on the walk from school to pre school.

2. First one in months but I manage to finish a 30 mins ‘yoga with Adriene’.

3. We absolutely murder All that Jazz from Chicago at the community choir rehearsal, and some of the lyrics make me laugh. We will get better though, but I can’t help wondering what Catherine Zeta Jones would say!

Married couple, butter me up and jolly good cake

8 01 2018

1. I’ve always wanted a butter dish and today one came up on the sale shelf at Sainsbury’s that I couldn’t resist. For a bargainous £4.

2. Kirsty and Isla play Mary n Joseph at the after school club. All goes well until Kirsty drops baby Jesus on the floor, takes his clothes off and leaves him bare to the world.

3. Cherry cake made from the Malory Towers section of my new favourite ‘Enid Blyton’ recipe book.

I’m back!

7 01 2018

Encouraged by a grey January and a need for positivity, I have decided to resurrect this blog! However, I don’t want time to get the better of me again so there might not always be ‘three happy thoughts’ but there will always be at least one a day, hence the name change to ‘daily happy thoughts’!

1. I spot a daffodil, my favourite flower, out in the garden at Standen National Trust.

Taking stock

26 07 2016

The observant among you will have noticed that I haven’t published any happy thoughts for a while. I have had the thoughts but life has got the better of me and I just haven’t managed to write them down! So I think it’s time to take a break. I may continue publishing them occasionally, but not in quite the same way as before. So here are three things I have learnt over the past 55 months:

1. Think happy = feel happy. Many times I’ve got to the end of the day and not felt very positive but, making myself think of three good things from that day has helped me feel better.

2. Friends and family have formed the majority of the posts. It doesn’t take much to make a little happiness, and money doesn’t really come into it.

3. Love transcends everything. Knowing you love and are loved is what it’s all about, even if one of the people you love isn’t there in person any more. On what would have been mum and dad’s 47th wedding anniversary, love knows no end, and there’s no happier thought than that x

Chemins blancs, mezzanine and barbies

29 05 2016

1. A run out along the ‘chemical blanc’ paths between the cognac vines. I get a bit lost and my phone battery nearly goes but the scenery is stunning.

2. A shot from the mezzanine of the ground floor, the house is truly lovely – old on the outside and very modern inside.
3. Our hosts lends the girls a big bag of his girls’ old barbies.

Pizza machine, window and arrival 

28 05 2016

1. We spy this pizza ‘vending’ machine in Normandy – genius.

2. A lovely window in the silence of the church.

3. A tea time arrival at Bois Blanc and supper (and wine!) is all ready in the fridge.